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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, October 24, 2016

Island Brewing Company wins bronze at GABF

Carpinteria, CA • Oct 11, 2016 — Island Brewing Company earned a bronze medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, the GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 96 beer-style categories were announced October 8 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.



“It’s a great honor to be recognized at this level of competition,” said Ryan Morrill, Head Brewer at Island Brewing Company. “Our category was the 5th largest overall with 159 entries. We strove to make a special beer for our 15th Anniversary and succeeded. We are humbled that the judges recognized our beer with a bronze medal and this makes us excited about the future of our expanded barrel aging projects.”

Island Brewing Company was recognized in the Wood and Barrel Aged beer-style category for its 15th Anniversary Ale, a barrel-aged Strong Scotch ale with big, rich, malts and caramel forward flavors that were aged in oak Bourbon barrels for three months. The end result was a complex beer with a smooth flavor and 9.8%, 34 IBUs. A limited amount of bottles are still available at the brewery and there will be some select draft appearances in the near future.

The 2016 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 264 expert judges from the record number of 7,227 entries, plus 88 Pro-Am entries, received from 1,752 U.S. breweries.

“The innovation, creativity and flavor of American beers was well showcased at this year’s Great American Beer Festival,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “This was the most competitive competition to date, with a record number of entries. Congratulations to all the winners who truly demonstrated the best of America’s beer culture.”


Attached photo: Island Brewing Company’s Sales Manager Javier Morales and Head Brewer Ryan Morrill accept the GABF medal from Association of Brewers founder Charlie Papazian, 15th Anniversary Ale Bottle

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